Saturday, September 13, 2008

Applied non-materialist neuroscience: Do not fire your boss before you listen to this ...

Nonmaterialist neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwart, lead author of The Mind and the Brain was interviewed on Australia's Open Mind Radio, and the files are just up. Stephanie West Allen of Brains on Purpose explains,

In the interview you will hear about the brain's plasticity and how understanding its malleability can give you and your clients more options for change. Some points covered:

You can harness neuroplasticity by paying attention to: 1) how you perceive, 2) how you act, and 3) what you think and imagine.

When you understand how your brain works, you can use that information to enhance your perspective, broaden your sense of capacity, and, by consistently changing your focus, change your brain.

Cultural differences are not merely matters of opinion. They are created by brain wiring, an "incredibly important" point, one which needs much more consideration and thought.

Many more topics are discussed. I urge you to listen. You will be reminded of how much of a sculptor of our lives we can be when we master the art of changing our brains. By learning about self-directed neuroplasticity, you are handed the ways and means of neuro-Play-Doh. So what are you going to mold and change? What are you going to help your clients to create?

Ah yes, cultural differences can be minefields in the workplace. For example, from my own experience, when the boss wants you to tell her what you "really" think about the new office layout, does she mean

(1) tell her you like it?
(2) tell her you hate it?
(3) offer her moral support for going through with it, without further comment?
(4) tell her what you've heard others say?
(5) use it as a springboard to talk about other, bigger issues in the workplace?

Typically, the culture your boss comes from determines what she "really" wants you to talk about at this point. And she may be wired to react along those lines. But you don't have to be. And getting something like that wrong can be a career limiting move. Anyway, check in at Mind Matters.